Hunt for the U.P. Boss of Congress continues

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Lucknow: After the completion of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, now the Congress is trying to find a new boss of UP for the last one month but it is not able to reach any final consensus. The churning is still going on among the high command regarding the new chief of Congress, but the Congress has not yet appointed the President of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC).

Ajay Kumar Lallu had to leave the post after the defeat in the assembly elections only after the defeat in the elections. In the UP elections, the Congress was successful in winning only two seats. If Congress sources are to be believed, the UP Congress may get a new captain before the Chintan Shivir to be held in Rajasthan on May 13.

Chintan Shivir will be held in Udaipur on May 13

While it is not yet clear who will represent the state unit at the “Chintan Shivir” to be held in Rajasthan’s Udaipur from May 13, Congress insiders said a decision could be taken in the coming week and the party leadership Thinking about change. A senior Congress functionary said, “For a state like UP, no one person alone can handle the responsibility of revival. Thus, a new organizational structure has to be developed so that responsibility is shared and hierarchy is maintained as well. Also, there are caste factors in UP too. So things are taking time but we are hopeful that the party will decide the new chief before ‘Chintan Shivir’ and if not, the new organizational structure will be finalised. Till the appointment of an acting state president.”

Rahul raised the demand of zonal presidents in 2014 itself

Given the challenging shape of Uttar Pradesh, ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi took the initiative to appoint senior leaders as “zonal presidents” and put the UPCC president in charge of coordination among these leaders. But senior leaders of the time like RPN Singh, Jitin Prasad, Raja Ram Pal and Rashid Masood found it difficult to work within the system. While Singh and Prasad are now in the BJP, Pal is with the Samajwadi Party.

The churning going on within the Congress on many names

Some of the names suggested by sections of the party for new leadership roles are former MP and retired bureaucrat PL Punia, former state president Nirmal Khatri, and Other Backward Classes (OBC) leader and one of the party’s two MLAs Virendra Choudhary. Some have even suggested a larger role for “spiritual master” Acharya Pramod Krishnam. According to party insiders, Punia’s administrative capacity will be useful to the party. The former bureaucrat, who hails from the Scheduled Caste (SC) community, has led many of the party’s campaigns for Dalits and was instrumental in designing its campaign for the once reserved seats in UP. Moreover, Punia is also seen as an acceptable face in all party sections.

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